Still looking to drop some of those Thanksgiving pounds? Maybe moshing is the way to raise your heartbeat.
Fans 4 Bands, the promotions/management company for new bands and the brainchild of Columbia's Mario Trevizo, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday at Sonar. The metal/hardcore celebration will be an all-day affair, with doors opening at 3:30 p.m. and going until 11. Part of the show's draw is hearing the potential regional differences between the groups. There will be bands from all over the country, such as Riverside, Calif.'s No Bragging Rights and Lancaster, Penn.'s This or the Apocalypse. Boston (Ice Nine Kills), Toledo, Ohio (Legacy), Rochester, N.Y. (Sirens and Sailors), Providence (A Faylene Sky) and New Jersey (Handed to the Thousands) will all be represented.
And yes, Maryland will be in the building, too. Bel Air's Emerge Vicotorious, Columbia's For Fear Itself, Laurel's A World Away will all play the anniversary show. Same goes for And It Must Occur, In Dying Arms and Sky Came Burning, all Baltimore bands.
That's a lot of hardcore, metal, post-hardcore, melodic hardcore and whatever else these bands are using to classify themselves. (All their terms, not mine.) But, this is an opportunity to support local and touring bands in an economy that chews and spits out bands before they get a chance to make any real noise. Also, this weekend is incredibly slow concert-wise, so why not?
Watch the video for headliners This or the Apocalypse's "Charmer" at the top of the page. It's the audio/visual equivalent of shotgunning five Red Bulls. Just make sure your shoes are tied extra tight for the breakdown.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of the show. Purchase them online at sonarbaltimore.com.